Archives for August 2015

2 More Climbers Die from Fall in Wyoming

23-year-old Jonathan Peter MacDonald of Lander and 57-year-old Keith Murray Henderson of Cheyenne died Friday afternoon while climbing Pingora Peak in Fremont County. Another climber saw the men fall nearly 300 feet. It’s the second climbing double-fatality to hit Wyoming in a week.

Gov. Mead, UW Announce Energy Research Partnership

Gov. Matt Mead and University of Wyoming president Dick McGinty announced a partnership that will see $24 million invested in the school toward energy research. Half the amount is coming from Oregon-based FEI by way of scientific equipment while the Wyoming government contributed a matching amount of funds.

Lower Oil Prices May Spell Trouble for Home Values

Falling oil and gas prices may affect more than your energy costs. Residents of oil-producing states like Wyoming may see their home values drop as industry contraction usually causes a bump in the unemployment rate. As of 2013, the percentage of Wyoming’s workforce in the oil and gas industry was over 5.5 percent, the highest in the nation by half a percentage point.

Gas prices

Motorists in parts of the country will see some of the lowest Labor Day holiday gasoline prices in years this weekend. According to Triple-A, a glut of oil is helping to reduce prices at the pump. Nationwide, a gallon of regular averages two-47, down 12 cents from the week before. The statewide average for regular in Wyoming is two-78 a gallon, down four cents. In Cheyenne, regular averages two-75, also down four cents.

State Game Officials Caution Against Conflicts with Wildlife

State wildlife officials are reminding folks to avoid conflicts with moose, bears, and other animals in residential areas this fall. They ask that you remove anything that could entangle or entice an animal around your home.

12 School Districts Join Forces to Retain State Funding

A coalition of 12 school districts in Wyoming has formed to keep state funds from leaving the region. The state adjusts yearly allocations based on cost-of-living changes, which as made Campbell County schools lose more than $2 million over the past three years. A similar coalition of nine districts successfully lobbied the state last year.

Converse Co. Teacher Arrested for Inappropriate Contact with Student

A teacher at a Cody-area high school has been arrested for alleged inapproriate contact with a student in December 2013 and January 2014. The Converse County arrest warrant said the female teacher was wanted for repeated encounters with the 17-year-old boy, and the boy’s age is legal, the teacher’s job put her in a position of authority over the student. The teacher faces two felony counts and 30 years in prison.

Lottery jackpots

WyoLotto’s Cowboy Draw jackpot is rolling over once again. No one matched all five winning numbers in Thursday’s drawing. Cowboy Draw will be worth a potential 747-thousand dollars for the next drawing on Monday. Tonight is the next MegaMillions drawing with a jackpot of 64-million dollars. And tomorrow night’s Powerball jackpot is up to 110-million.

2 More Sentenced in 2014 Wind River Murder

Two more people have been sentenced in a Wind River stabbing death in June of last year. Byron Spoonhunter will serve 26 years while Susan Chippewa will serve 35 years. Last week, Jaymes Leo Whiteplume was sentenced to 39 years for his role in the murder of Jared Little Whiteman.

WHP Joins Other States in Weekend Safety Initiative

The Wyoming Highway Patrol is joining several other states in a traffic safety initiative heading into the Labor Day holiday. The overall program places a heavier police presence on Interstates 80 and 35 border-to-border and is led by Iowa authorities, where the two highways intersect. The heightened enforcement runs Friday to Sunday.